Friday, June 10, 2016


Laugh (larf) and learn English

  1. LARF (laugh) - at English
  2. Fawlty Towers
  3. Israel's Business Style: Drop the Niceties, Speak Your Mind
  4.  Poems showing the absurdities of English spelling.
  5. Vocabulary - Exercise - Reading related to humor
  6. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Listen and read.


Humour or humor is the tendency of particular cognitive experiences to provoke laughter and provide amusement.

Sense of humor:

sense of humor is the ability to experience humor.
"He's got a great sense of humor" (= he is very able to see things as amusing.)


A person who writes or tells amusing stories


Funny, or making you laugh.
"Her latest book is a humorous look at teenage life"


Adjective. Entertaining. "an amusing story/person/situation"


1. Any humorous discourse generally intended to amuse, especially in television, film, and stand-up comedy.
2.The amusing part of a situation.
"I prefer Shakespeare's comedies to his tragedies."
"The candidate forgetting his lines in the middle of the speech provided some good comedy."


A person whose job is to make people laugh by telling jokes and amusing stories or by copying the behavior or speech of famous people:
"a stand-up comedian."

Black humor:

An amusing way of looking at or treating something that is serious or sad.


Verb. To make a joke or a clever remark. "He's always cracking jokes."


Adjective. Amusing, especially in an unusual way. "A droll remark/expression/person."

Dry humor:

Dry humor is very amusing in a way which is clever and not loud or obvious:
"a dry sense of humor."
"a dry wit."


Not serious about a serious subject, in an attempt to be amusing or to appear clever:
"Facetious remarks."
"He's just being facetious."


Adjective. Amusing; causing laughter:
"Do you know any funny jokes?"
"It's not funny - don't laugh!"
"No matter how disastrous the situation there always seems to be a funny side to it."


Noun (INFORMAL.) A joke or funny story, especially one told by a comedian (= person whose job is to make people laugh):
"I did a few opening gags about the band that had been on before me."

Gallows humor:

Noun. Jokes or humorous remarks that are made about unpleasant or worrying subjects such as death and illness


Adjective. Extremely amusing and causing a lot of laughter:
"He didn't like the film at all - I thought it was hilarious."


Noun (FORMAL). Something which is said or done in order to amuse:
"His proposal was no jest - he was completely sincere."


Something, such as an amusing story or trick, that is said or done in order to make people laugh:
"Did I tell you the joke about the chicken crossing the road?"
"She spent the evening cracking (= telling) jokes and telling funny stories."
"He tried to do a comedy routine, but all his jokes fell flat" (= no one laughed at them).
Don't you get (= understand) the joke?


To smile while making sounds with your voice that show you think something is funny or you are happy:
"They laughed at her jokes."
"I couldn't stop laughing."


A way of criticizing people or ideas in a humorous way, or a piece of writing or play which uses this style. Satire may rely more on understanding the target of the humor, and thus tends to appeal to more mature audiences. :
"Political satire."
"Her play was a biting/cruel satire on life in the 80s."


The ability to perceive and express in an ingeniously humorous manner the relationship between seemingly incongruous or disparate things.

The Problem with Up

There is a two-letter word that perhaps has more meanings than any other
two-letter word, and that is "UP."

It's easy to understand UP, meaning toward the sky or at the top of the
list, but when we awaken in the morning, why do we wake UP?

At a meeting, why does a topic come UP?
Why do we speak UP and why are the officers UP for election and why is it
UP to the secretary to write UP a report?

We call UP our friends. And we use it to brighten UP a room, polish UP the
silver, we warm UP the leftovers and clean UP the kitchen.
We lock UP the house and some guys fix UP the old car.

At other times the little word has real special meaning.
People stir UP trouble, line UP for tickets, work UP an appetite, and
think UP excuses.

To be dressed is one thing but to be dressed UP is special.

And this UP is confusing:
A drain must be opened UP because it is stopped UP.

We open UP a store in the morning but we close it UP at night.

We seem to be pretty mixed UP about UP!

To be knowledgeable about the proper uses of UP, look the word UP in the
dictionary. In a desk-sized dictionary, it takes UP almost 1/4th of the
page and can add UP to about thirty definitions.

If you are UP to it, you might try building UP a list of the many ways UP
is used. It will take UP a lot of your time, but if you don't give UP, you may wind UP with a hundred or more.

When it threatens to rain, we say it is clouding UP.
When the sun comes out we say it is clearing UP.
When it rains, it wets UP the earth.
When it doesn't rain for awhile, things dry UP.

One could go on and on, but I'll wrap it UP,
for now my time is UP, so....

Time to shut UP....!

Oh... one more thing:
What is the first thing you do in the morning and
the last thing you do at night?


I gave up trying to determine who is responsible for writing this up.